Types of Interview Questions

You will need to prepare for questions asked by the interviewer. There is a general set of queries usually asked in most of the interviews. These questions are of seven types which include open questions, closed questions, hypothetical questions, leading questions, multi-barreled questions, and behavioural questions.

The open questions are asked usually at the beginning of the interview such as ‘tell us about yourself’? The interviewee can speak as much as he/she wants to describe himself/herself professionally. For answering such questions selection criteria and individual’s strength should be kept in mind.

Closed questions are those questions that do not provide enough chance for the interviewee to speak apart from yes or no. They ask these questions to acquire specific technical or factual information. The interviewee should make sure that he has understood the question entirely otherwise he/she should not hesitate to request clarification about the matter.

In the hypothetical questions, a situation is created to assess the thinking abilities of the interviewee. For instance, for a professional in communications questions could be ‘what would you do if journalists call suddenly for a query about your press release’? Such responses demand a solid knowledge of the subject matter.

The leading questions require a logical answer. May the interviewer ask ‘this job entails working under pressure and meeting deadlines-do you have these skill? The answer should be more than a yes or no and supported by the previous experience.

Multi-barreled questions are two or more combined questions relevant to the same topics. Such issues can be confusing for the interviewee. In this case, he/she may ask to recall the details.

The last category of the questions, behavioural questions are asked to foresee the future behaviour of the candidate in the light of experience. It needs to answer with examples of knowledge that how the particular skills developed in the past and how it can benefit the interviewer.

There are some questions which should be avoided to ask for example a personal question about the age, marital status, family background or height? Such items are necessary for the particular jobs for instance in the army or airlines, but the best alternatives can be asked instead of asking such questions directly if an interviewer observes a candidate out of the job criteria for the reasons of his personal information.